Scholarship Criteria

Learnup Centers uses a One-for-One giving model to transform lives through learning to read.

LearnUp Centers’ one-for-one model: for every paying student, LearnUp provides a scholarship for a deserving child. Unlike other one-for-one giving programs, we are not simply giving away a product. Instead, we are teaching reading skills that last a lifetime. 

We also have generous investors who believe that teaching a child to read can transform her life.  Because of their generosity, LearnUp Centers can offer scholarships to low-income struggling readers and their families. The scholarships are available on a sliding scale.

If your family needs financial support so that your child can enroll in a LearnUp Centers program, please read through the criteria below. Contact staff to discuss your situation or to learn more about the program.

LearnUp Centers Scholarship Criteria

Here are the criteria LearnUp Centers considers:

  • The applying student needs reading or reading comprehension support.

  • The student will be able to come to tutoring every day (Monday – Friday) at the designated time. Parents agree to make sure s/he is present every day, on time.

  • Be able to attend tutoring sessions at LearnUp Centers (Pine & Fillmore in San Francisco–soon in Marin).

  • The student is able to give 100% effort on a daily basis.

  • The family has a financial need for scholarship support.

Scholarship Applicant Questions

LearnUp scholarships are on a sliding scale and are based on family need and the availability of scholarship funds.

Families will need to demonstrate need through:

  1. Annual income

  2. Vacation locations for the year

  3. Offer to pay what they can afford (Sliding scale: $1 to $95 per session).

  4. Be willing to offer a modest deposit to cover costs of tutoring if the student misses a session without appropriate advanced notice.

LearnUp’s Agreement with Scholarship Students

  • LearnUp Scholars will have access to all the amenities that LearnUp Centers has to offer.

  • LeanUp Centers will provide a tutor, reading program, and all materials.

  • LearnUp will be able to use the students story, audio, video, and images of the student in its outreach and marketing materials.

  • LearnUp will outline the length and duration (number of sessions) of the program and set appropriate learning goals for the student.

Interested? Or do you know someone who is? Fill out the contact sheet below, email Steve Hagler at or call (415) 944-READ (7323).